It’s basically the same vehicle as its French counterpart, albeit with different exterior styling and some tweaks inside, and it will be followed shortly by the new Peugeot Partner.
Opel’s/Vauxhall’s people carrier Leisure Activity Vehicle (LAV) comes with a front end similar to other new cars in the brand’s lineup, and it can be ordered in two versions, with a length of either 4.40m or 4.75m (14.43ft-15.58), as a five- or seven-seater.
It offers plenty of new tech, compared to its predecessor, including an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, wireless smartphone charging, 230V power socket and USB ports.
Depending on the trim level, the new Combo Life sports a heated leather steering wheel, too, along with heated front seats, auxiliary heater, head-up display, 180-degree camera system and several driver assistance systems.
The latter includes automatic cruise control, Speed Sign Recognition, Lane Keep Assist, Intelligent Speed Adaptation, Driver Drowsiness Alert, Flank Guard, Advanced Park Assist, and IntelliGrip traction control.
The fifth generation of the Combo has many storage spaces inside and a minimum boot capacity of 597 liters (21.08cu-ft) in the five-seat model, and 850 liters (30.01cu-ft) in the seven-seater. The luggage volume can be more than tripled by folding down the rear seats, reaching 2,693 liters (95.1cu-ft) in its most spacious form.
Buyers will be able to choose between a variety of petrol and diesel engines mated to five- or six-speed manual transmissions, or what the automaker calls “a segment-first” eight-speed automatic.
Opel/Vauxhall will start taking orders for the 2019 Combo Life in the first half of the year, with deliveries to commence in the second half.